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Seattle Assistance Programs.

Below you will find information on programs and services that are focused on Seattle. However, you can find additional help from King County and their non-profit organizations and assistance programs.

Emergency Family Assistance

This is a program offered in Seattle for a limited number of families with children. The agency, known as St. Vincent Council of Seattle area, offers a hot line that people need to call. Qualified families in need can receive referrals or financial aid through this assistance program, as funding allows.

Assistance is offered to families that are experiencing temporary financial difficulty or an emergency. While the assistance provided will vary based on chapter or church, it can include groceries or food assistance (such as Safeway gift cards), household supplies (towels, personal hygiene products, cleaning products, and kitchen items), infant supplies, shoe vouchers and other items.

To qualify for help, a Seattle family must be experiencing a change in their financial situation that is either from job loss, illness, the arrival of a new baby or other emergency situation. An application and screening process is in place, and all funds are limited. The assistance provided is temporary and it to help Seattle families with emergencies rather than ongoing, long term help. Dial (206) 767 - 6449 to reach the main line.

Seattle Emergency Rent Assistance

An eligible Seattle family can receive a maximum of one rent assistance benefit award in a 12-month period. In addition, the program will also pay for reasonable moving costs into long-term affordable housing for the family. Dial 206-615-3300 to learn more, or find more rent help.

Rental Stabilization
The Salvation Army ((206) 447-9944) works to provide rent subsidies and grants that can last from six to 18 months for individuals and families who are making the transition from homelessness, or for those families who are in immediate danger of eviction from their current housing.




Utility Bill Help From Low-Income Rate Assistance Program
Seattle has increased the amount of utility bill assistance it is providing. The Low-Income Rate Assistance Program offers individuals and families with a limited income up to a 50 percent reduction on their utility bills for up to 18 months. Call Seattle City Light at (206) 684-0268 for more information or to apply for help.

Child Care Payment Assistance
The City of Seattle will assist moderate income families with paying for child care for children that range from the ages of one month to 13 years. Families that live in Seattle can select from more than approximately 145 licensed family child care centers and homes in Seattle, all of which are monitored by Seattle to ensure that they provide both affordable and high-quality health care. Find additional ways how to save on child care.

Mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention

If you are behind on your mortgage payments, or facing a foreclosure, two places to turn to for free foreclosure services and counseling include the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (dial (206) 461-3792) as well as Solid Ground's Mortgage Counseling, which can be reached at (206) 694-6766. Call these agencies for HUD approved counseling.

The city of Seattle is also partnering with both HUD approved housing counseling agencies and other non-profits to offer free foreclosure counseling and mortgage delinquency programs. Read information on the Seattle foreclosure prevention program.





Food assistance programs

Seattle has received federal government stimulus funds to help provide food assistance and more nutritious meals to low to mid income seniors at community sites and senior centers. The money will also increase the ability to deliver meals to homebound elderly persons and families. Seattle will also receive funds for job training for older workers. The charities and organizations that will disturbing the aid include :

  • Abbi’s Northwest ((452) 280-4180)
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Services
  • Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (206) 328-5696
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • My Service Mind of Northwest (dial (253) 584-5615)
  • Pacific Asian Empowerment Program
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance
  • Ukrainian Community Center of Washington
  • Seattle Chinatown International
  • Click here for other Seattle food banks and their addresses and phone numbers.

Grants for crisis assistance

The Seattle area has several Salvation Army offices in the area. If you are struggling in today’s difficult economy, families and individuals can receive emergency medical and dental care, funds to pay for utility bills, food aid, free legal counseling, child care, and help finding work and permanent housing. But it doesn’t end there. The Salvation Army can also help families and individuals with rent assistance programs and grants, emergency food, utility and heating bill assistance, clothing and other basic needs. Contact them at (206) 217-1274. Click here to find additional low income programs.

Eviction prevention programs

As a result of the federal stimulus program, Seattle was awarded almost $5 million in federal government funding. Ten charities and agencies will be provided the funds to help support 13 different housing programs. The goal is to prevent evictions and provide rent assistance. The groups receiving the funds, and that will be disbursing the money, are:

Catholic Community Services (dial (206) 328-5696), Solid Ground, Wellspring Family Services, El Centro de la Raza, YWCA of Seattle, King County, Snohomish County, Neighborhood House ((206) 461-4568), The Salvation Army, International District Housing Alliance, Refugee Federation Service Center, Solid Ground.

Contact these agencies directly for more information or to apply for rent or housing assistance in King County, or click here for other options.

Health care clinics

Neighborcare Health is one of the main providers. The non-profit clinic provides high quality dental and medical care to uninsured and low-income families and patients in Seattle on a sliding scale basis. Some care may be free, some very low cost. The clinic has 16 medical and dental clinics located throughout the city of Seattle. Call the clinic at 206-548-3019.





That is just one clinic in the Seattle Washington area. Use the King County link below to find other medical centers, or locate an extensive listing of free community clinics in Washington.

King County as well as city of Seattle resources

Dozens of other non-profits as well as government agencies offer support. Find additional assistance programs, many of which also cover Seattle, by visiting resources that serve the larger King County area.


By Jon McNamara

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